Thursday, April 26, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays rail: T. Rex for team song?

Remaining exhibition games

All games 1:05 unless noted

March

9: at Phillies

10: vs. Red Sox

11: vs. Twins, 7:05

12: vs. Yankees

13: Off

14: at Orioles

15: vs. Phillies

16: vs. Red Sox

17: at Red Sox, 1:35

18: Off

19: at Tigers

20: at Twins, 7:05

21: vs. Jays

22: vs. Orioles, at Pirates

23: vs. Twins

24: at Yankees

25: vs. Pirates, 7:05

26: at Phillies

27: vs. Jays

28: at Orioles, 7:05

29: at Tigers

30: vs. Tigers at Trop, 1:10

Tuned up

The Rays could have a new theme song this year: Bang a Gong (Get It On), by T. Rex. The song popped up on Pandora on manager Joe Maddon's iPad and — after he offered $100 to any player who could name the band (none did) — bench coach Dave Martinez suggested they adopt it. "I love the song, I love the way it starts out," Maddon said. "And 'bang a gong, get it on' is absolutely perfect. So we'll see if we could promote that at all."

Wil power at work

As promised, 1B Nick Weglarz started delivering the "scoop" on locker neighbor Wil Myers to gain followers on his @Wegz33 account (though he needs spelling help): "Wil Meyers tip #1 to hit 37 HR's in a single season you must eat turkey sandwiches before games, but stay away from Ham!"

Inside story on Maddon

With Wednesday off, most of the Rays will find something fun to do. Not manager Joe Maddon, who is having a colonoscopy. "First one. I'm very excited about this," said Maddon, 59. "I've only heard about it. One of those life experiences you must go through." Maddon, who will be with the team today and back Thursday, was asked about going the Katie Couric route and having the procedure televised. "If they want to record it, I'll be asleep so whatever they want to do," he said. "I'm sure they'll take full liberty."

Line of succession

Maddon joked that during the time he is under sedation bench coach Dave Martinez will be on call: "From 9:30 to about 10:15, Davey is in charge."

Who is this Ray?

He is the youngest of eight children, with one brother playing pro ball. A natural lefty but taught himself to throw right-handed as well. Was acquired in trade in 2009.

The dish

Rays at Twins

When/where: 1:05 today; Hammond Stadium, 14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers

Tickets: $10-40, available through twinsbaseball.com, 1-800-338-9467 (33TWINS)

Pitchers: Rays — Matt Moore, Roberto Hernandez, Mike Montgomery, Juan Sandoval, Josh Lueke; Twins — Liam Hendriks, Brian Duensing, Tyler Robertson, Josh Roenicke, Luis Perdomo, Anthony Slama, Caleb Thielbar, Esmerling Vasquez, Tim Wood

Heads-up

3B Evan Longoria and most of the other front-liners, such as SS Yunel Escobar, CF Desmond Jennings and 1B James Loney, are scheduled to play.

On deck

Wednesday: Off

Thursday: at Pirates (Bradenton), 1:05. Rays — Alex Cobb; Pirates — James McDonald

Friday: vs. Phillies, 1:05: Rays — TBA; Phillies — TBA

Who is this Ray: LHP Alex Torres

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